#1st Epi Glance/Review : Siren [aka Every Breath You Take]
But let us take things from the beginning and the apparent suicide of a woman in a cabaret.
Yuki and Satomi are partners working under the Mobile Investigation Unit of Tokyo PD which conducts initial search at the crime scenes. They’re also long time lovers but are keeping it a secret in fear of being transferred to a different division.
The story begins with an alleged suicide of a young woman in a cabaret and that’s when the main couple meets Kara for the first time. From that point on, other murders of young women take place, involving a serial killer that Kara gets rid of (like that guy stood a chance against her, please) and things are getting interestingly entangled when Kara finds various ways to approach Yuki and insert herself in her life.
Kara (if that is even her real name lol) reminds me of those good ol’ villains. A cold steel stare, high intelligence, calculating to the very last detail, she’s a compelling character that forces you to wonder why she does what she does; it’s very early to guess her motives but she doesn’t seem like she is just pulling threads. She is set out to make Yuki her prey and proceeds with her plan getting rid of everyone that might stand in her way, as she states near the end of the episode. It makes you wonder that there is something more there, some sort of explanation behind her obsession with Yuki rather than just a sociopath’s future random victim only. I really, really want to find out her true motive, I hope it’s something good.
Yuki and Satomi are a mundane yet charming couple; both of them really fit together, as Satomi is more of a serious guy, having a second question about everything and reading books to absorb info like a sponge; while Yuki is more funny and whimsical and there is a nice balance between them. I like the fact that they seem natural [fireworks chemistry between Tori and Fumino] and not oversugary or overshy. It’s a good dynamic, both on the relationship front and on the partnership one, where they both kick ass, literally.
There were some nice action scenes in the episode, especially in the first sequence and from the premise of the show, it seems we will see a lot more of those so that is neat.
The music was awesome; both the intro and ED song get stuck in your head but what sticks more are a couple creepy instrumental pieces that I now associate with teddy bears. (you’ll get what I mean if you watch the episode!)
It was a very good first episode, with steady pace, establishing the main characters in a cohesive way so let us see what other ace Kara has up her sleeve to terrorize whoever gets in her way.